Remember when I posted about not knowing if I should stay at Auburn to pursue interior design or if I should pursue music?? WELL the Lord guided my steps to come to the decision to move from Auburn to Nashville and try to make a career in songwriting. And let me tell you, I've only been here for 2 weeks and I've already seen an abundance of confirmation that this is where He wants me to be!!! It's so wonderful here and I am loving every second!!!
I moved here at the end of June and one thing that I was so so nervous about was finding friends. I just KNEW I was going to be sitting around with wifi being my only friend.
This verse has been on my mind throughout pre-moving, to moving, to now I'm here. It has been the lock screen on my phone to constantly remind me. A verse everyone knows, but do we really believe it? I can say I do now!
I do have one friend from home that is here for the summer and the day after I moved here, he told me to go to Centennial park because they have a swing dancing night every Saturday! So I was like, yeah man I'll be there! I was on my way to the park and he told me it may take him a while to get there cause he was working. So I drove around Nashville, trying to get lost, for about an hour, until he finallyyyy called me and told me he was on his way. I almost didn't go, but after a little while I decided, ya know what? YOLO. Jus kiddin' but not really... I am SO STINKIN GLAD I made the decision to go that night because I can honestly say, making that decision changed my life for the better.
I walked up to the pavilion where everyone was dancing, tried not to look like a complete loser, and searched for my friend. I finally found him and talked to him for about a minute but then the girls and the guys had to split up cause the dance instructor was teaching new steps. Long story short, I didn't hang with my friend too much that night, but I met new people!
A girl came up to me and was like- "Are you Jessica Williams?" I was kind of taken back, but also flattered that she knew my name, and replied "yeah!!" And she went on to tell me that she watched my video about coming to Nashville! (you can watch it here if you haven't seen it) I instantly became friends with her and she shared with me that she goes to Auburn!! I obviously didn't know her from there, but we have a lot of mutual friends! She introduced me to some of her friends and I also had an instant friendship with them. They told me about a "life group" they have every Monday night that I should go to! So come that next Monday night, I went and saw the Lord. I saw the Lord written over EVERYTHING that night, and realized he was written over everything I had done the first few days I had been in Nashville as well as everything else in my life.
As I was sitting there that night listening to all these college kids talk and worship Jesus together, all I could think about was how amazing God is. Literally 4 days earlier I was so nervous about not finding friends, and here I was worshipping Jesus with the thing I was so anxious about, friends. My smiles that night were coming from the inside out and I felt closer to Jesus more than I have ever been.
I saw a quote yesterday that I don't know who said, but I firmly believe:
"My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure."
My past is truly redeemed because of what Jesus did on the cross for me, and you, and your friends and their friends, and their friends, and their enemies and the enemies' enemies and you get the picture.
My present makes sense! Everything is working together for good! God has a PERFECT plan. Trust me. Trust the Bible!!!
And my future is secure.
Seriously, say that out loud.
My future is secure.
It's SO HARD to trust in that. I know first hand! I have no idea what even tomorrow looks like for me. I've moved to Nashville all by myself because I am trusting the Lord that he knows what he is doing in my life. I've already seen that he knows what he is doing by all the people that I have met in my first 2 weeks here! It is seriously amazing.
No matter where you are in life, this is God's plan for you. And you may be like, I don't even know how this can be in God's plan for me. Let me tell ya, if you trust that God knows what he is doing, there's no need to worry about the future because your future is ALREADY SECURE!!! Can I get an amen?
So that is just a small snippet of what's been going on in my life. THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES for everyone that has been so supportive in my move. I have seriously been overwhelmed by all the love you all have shown me!!!
And do me a favor. Before you get in bed at night and your mind starts racing about different possibilities in your life, say to yourself (preferably out loud) "my future is secure." It's really comforting.
In Christ Alone,
here are some pics from my first couple of weeks here!!!
So my parents met here. When my dad proposed to my mom,
they came to this spot. It's called "the Love Circle." Best spot to see all of Nashville.
Here's the band that plays at "Dancing in Centennial Park" on Saturday
nights during the summer.
It's so fun. I suggest everyone should go!!!
For the 4th of July, I went with some of my friends to a building downtown
called the Pinnacle. PERFECT seats let me tell ya.
Oh and I did get to play at The Bluebird Cafe after a week of being here!
A friend of mine, Tom Douglas, was playing a show and asked me to play
a song in the middle of his set! Here's a video of it!!